18 June 2021
Google is now making it easier to save Gmail image attachments to Google Photos. The team has added native support for the process by introducing a dedicated button. The button is called "Save to Photos" and will be accessible by taking the mouse over the photo mail attachment. It will be next to the existing options meant for downloading and adding the file to Google Drive.
The official announcement reveals that the feature will be enabled by default for everyone. Gmail and Google Photos users will not have to change anything about how they use the two services. The feature is getting rolled out at a gradual pace and could take up to 15 days before it reaches you. As and when it becomes available, you will see options as shown in the image below.
Clicking the "Save to Photos" button will automatically save the photo to Google Photos. It will be using the same Google account for both services for obvious reasons. In other words, you cannot use this feature to save photo attachment file to another Google account. If you happen to click on the photo to enter the full-screen interface, the options will look like this:
This new integration will make the whole process a lot more convenient. Prior to this, users had no choice but to download the image and then manually upload it to Google Photos. It is now a seamless process that takes place with just one click.